Our Run Leaders

Run Leader - Jim Adams

I started running in the early 1980's when I realised that my work in front of a computer screen was doing nothing for my fitness and wellbeing! My first challenge was the first Cheltenham Half Marathon and I so enjoyed getting out in the fresh air that I have been running ever since.

I joined Stroud AC when we moved to Stroud in 2005 for the company and the motivation of running with a friendly group. Since then my participation at the club has grown to become a UKA Coach in Running Fitness and Chair of the Club. I love running outside on the beautiful tracks and trails and through the woods around Stroud, but my real interest is in motivating and helping others to enjoy our sport and achieve their potential.

I coach at various levels within the club but in recent years I have organised the new beginners groups and helped them develop through to 5k, 10k and half marathon. Everything is possible - come and join us!

Run Leader - Helen Hurn

 I have been running with Stroud AC since 2013. I have completed the UK Athletics 'Leader in Running Fitness' course.

I joined a gym in 2007 when I realized how unfit and out of shape I was. In 2010 my husband encouraged me to start running, I wasn't overly keen but I was bored with the gym. An acquaintance (already a Stroud member) encouraged me to join the running club. Within 8 months I ran my first half marathon and then my first marathon in 2016. I haven't looked back since. My proudest running achievement was crossing the finish line in The London Marathon.

 I was born in Stroud and had never really appreciated what was on my doorstep until the trail running bug took over and I now spend what spare time I have out in our beautiful countryside. 

I have met lots of new friends, many of whom I now socialize with outside of running. 

Run Leader - Ryan Major

I started  running with Stroud and District AC in 2013 after turning 40, giving up smoking and wanting a more healthy lifestyle . I had completed Stroud Half (just!) , had a London Marathon place but needed some help in training.
A friend recommended SADAC and although I was nervous found the club both welcoming and inclusive to all abilities . I went on to complete London Marathon and have gone on the run in numerous events . I’m by no means a quick runner however I have  found this isn’t an obstacle in running and taking part in the numerous running events in Gloucestershire and surrounding counties .
I have completed the UK Athletics 'Leader in Running Fitness' course and most enjoy taking out groups of beginners , new to running in a couch to 5k course which runs once or twice  a year.

Run leader - Sharon Stevenson

I’ve been running with Stroud AC since 2003. I have completed the UK Athletics ‘Leader in Running Fitness’ course.

I started running in the gym in order to lose weight and keep fit. At that stage my goal was to run 2 or 3 miles but I soon became addicted. Four months later I ran  my first Stroud Half Marathon in October in 1:59. My fastest half marathon time is now 1:43; my 10k is 46 mins. My proudest running achievement is finishing the Edinburgh Marathon in under 4 1/2 hours, raising over £1000 for the local Scooby-Doo Neo-Natal Charity.

Born and bred in Stroud, I love the amazing tracks & trails around the Stroud Valleys.  Through running I have met some great people who will be lifelong friends and I get a real buzz helping people keep fit and reach their running goals.

Run leader – Greg Clements

I have been running for over 20 years. I have led a group at Stroud AC for 4 years.  I love off-road running in the woods and fields around the Stroud area during spring and summer months. In the winter we make sure we stay fit enough to enjoy the summer runs when they come round again.

Run leader – Alan Pitt

I’ve been running with Stroud AC for over 30 years. I’ve always been a competitive runner, and, at 55, I still regard myself as such. I have represented the club in a wide range of events including: track events, from 400m to 10,000m, including  steeple chase; cross country, in which I compete regularly in both the Gloucestershire and Gwent leagues; and road races and off-road events of all distances, from 5k to ultra. My particular passions are the Cotswold Way Relay and the Welsh Castles Relay, in which SDACs team spirit shines brightly.

Determined to encourage and support competitive running in the club, I have started the Coaching Qualification with Stroud AC. I offer constructive help to every member of the group, to help them reach their goals. The origin of ‘compete’ means to strive together; as such we are a strong, friendly group and look to help each other achieve the best we can. In races, we aim to achieve as high a position as possible, keeping SDAC amongst the leading local clubs.

Run Leader - Sabrina Pace-Humphreys

I joined Stroud AC in 2010. I had been running alone to gain fitness after the birth of my first child and, upon completing a half marathon, wanted to join a group.

After years of being a member of the club, I decided to train as a leader and completed the UKA Run Leader course, quickly followed by the UKA Coach in Running Fitness qualification. 

My fastest half marathon is 1.46.16 and my fastest marathon is 3.51.51. This year I have developed my distance to ultra marathons and have completed both multi-stage and single stage races covering 100K. I am currently training to run the Marathon Des Sables. 

I have lived in Stroud for 37 years and absolutely adore the area we live in. There is nothing like losing yourself around the tracks and paths through the wondrous five valleys. My passion lies in coaching. Inspiring and motivating people to excel in whatever sporting field they have chosen is my life vocation. 

Run Leader - Jackie Vowles

Run Leader – Richard Crampton

Junior Coach - Jenny Batten

I started training in athletics myself aged 11 with Stroud AC, coached by Steve Carr and focusing on long jump and sprint events. Aged roughly 14 I started to specialise in sprint events (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay). I went on to compete at National and International level, successfully representing Great Britain on a number of occasions at both youth (u18) and junior (u20) level. 

Coaching/leading qualifications: England Athletics Coaching Assistant qualification. I am currently studying for a MSc in Sports Therapy and also have qualifications in 'Emergency First Aid for Sport' and 'Child Protection in Sport'.

My specialisms are sprints, jumps and sportshall athletics

Junior Lead coach - Chris Brown

Coaching/leading qualifications – Level 2 Coach

Junior Assistant coach – Marnee Tootell

Coaching/leading qualifications – Level 2 Coach